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    Starting Monday, classes at all Catholic schools in Cook and Lake counties will be canceled amid COVID-19 concerns. The archdiocese also says Mass is suspended effective tomorrow evening.?

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    The Archdiocese of Chicago has canceled classes at all schools in Cook and Lake counties, starting Monday, amid COVID-19 concerns. A statement from the archdiocese also says Mass is suspended effective tomorrow evening. 

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    79彩票注册网址Meanwhile, the Diocese of Joliet, which includes DuPage and Will counties, has canceled Saturday vigil and Sunday Masses for this weekend. 

    The Archdiocese of Chicago has 205 elementary and secondary schools with 78,000 students.

    Chicago's archdiocese is the third largest in the United States, with more than 2.2 million parishioners in Cook and Lake Counties. It has more than 15,000 employees in its systems and ministries, including Catholic Charities, the region's largest nonprofit social service agency, and one of the nation's largest seminaries.

    79彩票注册网址The statement reads:

    "Based on current guidelines from local public health departments, which recommend the cancellation of public gatherings involving 250 or more people, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, mandated the suspension until further notice of all liturgical services effective Saturday evening with the  regularly scheduled weekend services. In addition, he has mandated the closing of schools operated by the archdiocese, and to close the Pastoral Center and related agency offices until further notice.

    " 'This was not a decision I made lightly,' said Cupich. 'The Eucharist is the source and summit of our life as Catholics. And our schools and agencies provide essential services to many thousands across Cook and Lake Counties. But, in consultation with leaders from across the archdiocese, for the sake of the safety of our students, parishioners, and all the women and men who serve the people of the archdiocese, it is clear that we must take the better part of caution in order to slow the spread of this pandemic.' "

    Read the full statement below.

    For the seven-county Diocese of Joliet, Apostolic Administrator Richard Pates

    79彩票注册网址 "In light of the directives offered by the state, I am mandating the suspension of regular weekend Mass services in the Diocese of Joliet for the weekend of March 14-15, 2020.  Exception may be made for weddings, funerals and Confirmations, provided that the guidelines issued by the State of Illinois are observed, limiting participation to no more than 250 people. For future weekends, we will consider whether additional action is necessary as we go forward."

    The Diocese of Rockford, which includes Kane and McHenry counties, is not suspending Masses, but Bishop David Malloy that "in view of the guidance given to address the spread of the virus, a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is granted to all who are suffering from any underlying medical condition. In particular, any who are not feeling well because of symptoms of cold or flu or who have compromised immune systems are dispensed from attending Mass.

    "The same dispensation from Sunday Mass is granted to all who are 60 years old or older given their increased vulnerability to the coronavirus.

    "Finally, any persons of any age who, in the current circumstances, are in any way uncomfortable in gatherings involving a large number of people are similarly dispensed from the obligation of Sunday Mass.

    "These dispensations are for the weekends of March 15, 22 and 29, and will be reviewed as needed in light of developments and further guidance."

    As for Chicago Public Schools, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her public health commissioner have held back on cancelling classes, saying children are at less risk of transmitting and becoming very ill from the virus, and "a lot of potential cascading effects," the mayor explained yesterday. "A substantial percentage of our students depend on the schools for eating, for shelter, and in some instances, where they get clothing and other needs."

    "It's a very big deal to say we'd be shutting down schools, we're not there yet," Lightfoot said.

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